Washington County Secretly Offers $100,000 To Lure Firm

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Washington County is offering an unidentified company $100,000 to establish a local operation.

The Hagerstown Herald-Mail reported Friday that the incentive was disclosed in an annual report of expenditures from local hotel-motel tax receipts. The funds are listed as having been committed but not yet spent.

A spokeswoman says the county commissioners approved the incentive during a closed meeting in March 2011. The county has offered such incentives before, but usually not this much.

The report lists the prospective recipient as Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real-estate company. County spokeswoman Sarah Sprecher says Cushman & Wakefield is a merely site consultant for the targeted company.

She says Cushman & Wakefield is listed in the report as the intended recipient to protect the identity of the targeted company.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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